Chateaux in the Loire Valley

Anjou Loire Valley castles are more than monuments! Mostly inhabited, the major ones come alive by day or night in vibrant cultural events. On or off the beaten track, a remarkable 1,200 châteaux both large and small reveal Anjou’s architectural flowering.

Château d'Angers        

Angers and Saumur, Kings among castles

Some of the châteaux that glorify Anjou are literally unmissable! The Château de Saumur dominates the White City, bordering the Loire. Vividly depicted in a 15th century illumination, it today hosts an amazing sound and light show where you can discover the Dukes of Anjou! Going east, you can see the Château de Montsoreau towering majestically over the river.

For a panoramic view over Angers, capital of Anjou, take a walk along the ramparts of France’s largest fortified castle. The amazing medieval Apocalypse Tapestry housed inside is longer than a football pitch!  

A home from home where cultures mingle

Beginning with the Plantagenets, British connections abound in Anjou Loire Valley. The still lived-in Château de Serrant was once owned by the Walsh family, of Irish origin, who supported the exiled King James II of England. Follow in more recent royal footsteps as you visit castles admired by the late Queen Mother! Montgeoffroy and France’s tallest castle Brissac boast splendid interiors, as does Montreuil-Bellay.

For a delightful taste of French culture, try Le Plessis-Macé’s vibrant open-air theatre - a wonderful spectacle to enjoy under a starlit sky. You may recognise the striking Plessis-Bourré from famous films. The Château de Brezé has the deepest dry moat anywhere in France, revealing the largest subterranean castle in Europe.

After your exciting exploring, why not book a château hotel for the night?

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